Remember when you were a kid and someone mentioned a snowstorm? I do, and this was my reaction: Sledding! Snowman-building! Snowball fights!
And an ice storm was even more exciting: Skating on the streets! Or, at least an evening of skating, toasting marshmallows, and sipping hot chocolate at the local pond.
As an adult, well, I sometimes have the opposite response to a forecast of winter weather:
Shoveling, ugh. I'd better not have to shovel out the chicken coop again.
Driving, ugh. I bet the roads are a mess; how am I going to get into town to run my errands?
And if there's ice:
Slipping and falling, ugh. It's dangerous out there; what if I fall and tweak my back, or break a bone? As for driving on ice? Forget about it.
I pondered my reaction to our latest snowfall and came to a starting conclusion:
Now, don't get me wrong—I still love to play in the snow. It's the adult responsibilities, and also winter's hazards, that get me down.
The cure for curmudgeon-ness? Get outside and enjoy a bit of winter fun.
That's just what Tim and I did last week as we skied the cross-country trails at Devil's Thumb Ranch and snowshoed Rabbit Ears Pass, both in Colorado.
|Double Pole Cross-country Ski Trail at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado.|
|Tim starts out on Ranch Walk Trail at Devil's Thumb.|
|A picture-perfect winter day.|
|Sunset over the Continental Divide.|
|Snowshoeing Fox Trot Trail at Rabbit Ear's Pass, east of|
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
|On the snowshoe/ski trail at 9429 ft. Rabbit Ears summit.|
|Farewell to another day of winter action and adventure!|
If you're lucky, yes, lucky enough to see snow this winter, promise yourself to partake of a day of winter adventure.
And if you need more inspiration to get outside this season, please check out this blog where you'll be treated to a showcase of winter scenery from the mountains of New Hampshire: